Order of Service

Welcome to St Mark’s today. Please join us for coffee after the service. The wearing of a face covering in church is now optional, but is encouraged when you are very close to others outside your household.

We are unable to take a collection during the service, but donations can be made at the back of the church using the contactless devices. Please might you complete a Gift Aid Envelope, adding the amount given, and leave in the tray near the device?

 We should also be very grateful for any donations made by BACS.

For payments by BACs:

Account name: The PCC of St Mark’s Regent’s Park

Account number 21795627

Sort code: 40-02-03

The wearing of a face covering in church is encouraged when you are very close to others outside your household.

Today the second candle is lighted on the Advent Wreath, symbolising the role of the Old Testament prophets and of John the Baptist, last of the prophets and first of the saints, in preparing the way of the Lord. Since Advent is a penitential season no organ music is played before or after the service.

 

ORDER OF SERVICE

The choir enters. All stand as a bell is rung.

INTROIT SENTENCE

O PEOPLE of Sion, behold, the Lord is nigh at hand to redeem the nations: and in the gladness of your heart the Lord shall cause his glorious voice to be heard.

 

INTROIT HYMN

 

34 On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry

 

IN the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

 

The Lord be with you

And with thy spirit.

 

The celebrant welcomes the congregation and introduces the intentions of the service.

KYRIE ELEISON – choir

 

Lord, have mercy.                  Kyrie eleison. x3

Christ, have mercy.                Christe eleison. x3

Lord, have mercy.                  Kyrie eleison. x3

THE COLLECT

 

O LORD, raise up, we pray thee, thy power and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas through our sins and wickedness we are sore let and hindered in running the race that is set before us, thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through the satisfaction of thy Son our Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Spirit be honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

 

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

All sit.

The OLD TESTAMENT Lesson

Baruch 5: 1-9

PUT off, O Jerusalem, the garment of thy mourning and affliction; and put on the comeliness of the glory that cometh from God for ever.  Cast about thee a double garment of the righteousness which cometh from God; and set a diadem on thine head of the glory of the Everlasting.  For God will show thy brightness unto every country under heaven.  For thy name shall be called by God for ever The peace of righteousness, and The glory of God’s worship.  Arise, O Jerusalem, and stand on high, and look about toward the east; and behold thy children gathered from the west unto the east by the word of the Holy One, rejoicing in the remembrance of God.  For they departed from thee on foot, and were led away of their enemies; but God bringeth them unto thee exalted with glory, as children of the kingdom.  For God hath appointed that every high hill, and banks of long continuance, should be cast down, and valleys filled up, to make even the ground, that Israel may go safely in the glory of God.  Moreover even the woods and every sweetsmelling tree shall overshadow Israel by the commandment of God.  For God shall lead Israel with joy in the light of his glory with the mercy and righteousness that cometh from him.

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

All stand.

or

 THE NEW TESTAMENT LESSON

Philippians 1: 3-11

I THANK my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and continuation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence until the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 All stand.

GRADUAL

ALLELUIA, alleluia. For the powers of heaven shall be shaken: and they shall see the Son of man coming in a cloud and great glory, alleluia.

 The Lord be with you

And with thy spirit.

The continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Luke.
Glory be to thee, O Lord.

 The Gospel

St Luke 3: 1-6

NOW in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar,  Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of *Galilee, and his brother Philip *tetrarch tetrarch of Ituraea and the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of *Abilene, 2Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he came into all the country about Jordan, 3preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; 4As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 5Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; 6And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise be to thee, O Christ.

Please sit.

 

THE SERMON

The Reverend Joanna Yates

All stand.

THE NICENE CREED


I BELIEVE in one God the Father almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

and of all things visible and invisible:

 

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

the only-begotten Son of God,

begotten of his Father before all worlds,

God of God, Light of Light,

very God of very God, begotten, not made,

being of one substance with the Father,

by whom all things were made;

               who for us men and for our salvation

came down from heaven,

 

and was incarnate

by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary,

and was made man,

 

and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.

He suffered and was buried,

and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven,

and sitteth on the right hand of the Father.

And he shall come again with glory to judge both the

quick and the dead: whose kingdom shall have no end.

 

And I believe in the Holy Ghost,

the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceedeth from the Father [and the Son],

who with the Father and the Son together

is worshipped and glorified, who spake by the prophets.

And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.

And I look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Please kneel.

THE INTERCESSIONS

 Those on our prayer list:

JUNE NEWTON, MAURICIO BARBIER, JANE-MARY GREENE, PANSY CHOO-KANG, DENISE MARSHALL, MARGARET COOPER, MARGARET SALTER, HILARY COOTE, JESSICA REDFERN, IAN KNOX, RICHARD MACLAREN, priest

THE DEPARTED:

ALMIGHTY and ever-living God, who by thy holy apostle hast taught us to make prayers and supplications, and to give thanks, for all men: we humbly beseech thee most mercifully to receive these our prayers, which we offer unto thy divine majesty; beseeching thee to inspire continually the universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord: and grant, that all they that do confess thy holy name may agree in the truth of thy holy word, and live in unity and godly love. We beseech thee also to save and defend all Christian kings, princes and governors; and specially thy servant Elizabeth our Queen, that under her we may be godly and quietly governed: and grant unto her whole Council, and to all that are put in authority under her, that they may truly and indifferently minister justice, to the punishment of wickedness and vice, and to the maintenance of thy true religion and virtue. Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all bishops, priests and deacons, that they may both by their life and doctrine set forth thy true and lively word, and rightly and duly administer thy holy sacraments: and to all thy people give thy heavenly grace; and specially to this congregation here present; that, with meek heart and due reverence, they may hear and receive thy holy word; truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life. And we most humbly beseech thee of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succour all them, who in this transitory life are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity. And we also bless thy holy name for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear; beseeching thee to give us grace so to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom. Grant this, O Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our only mediator and advocate. Amen.

 Please remain kneeling.

THE PENITENTIAL RITE

YE that do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins, and are in love and charity with your neighbours, and intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in his holy ways: draw near with faith, and take this holy sacrament to your comfort; and make your humble confession to almighty God, meekly kneeling upon your knees.

 ALMIGHTY God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all men: We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we, from time to time, most grievously have committed,  By thought, word, and deed, Against thy Divine Majesty, provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us.  We do earnestly repent, and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; The remembrance of them is grievous unto us; The burden of them is intolerable.

Have mercy upon us, Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; For thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, Forgive us all that is past; And grant that we may ever hereafter serve and please thee in newness of life, To the honour and glory of thy name; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 The Absolution

ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father,

who of his great mercy
hath promised forgiveness of sins
to all them that with hearty repentance and true faith
turn unto him; have mercy upon you;
pardon and deliver you from all your sins;
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness;
and bring you to everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

THE PEACE

THROUGH the tender mercy of our God the dayspring from on high hath visited us; to give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death: and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And with thy spirit.

 

Offertory Sentence – Choir

WILT thou not turn again, O God, and quicken us; that thy people may rejoice in thee; show us thy mercy O Lord; and grant us thy salvation.

 

OFFERTORY HYMN

 

26 Hark, a thrilling voice is sounding

 

The sanctuary bell rings and the congregation kneels.

 

THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER

THE Lord be with you

and with thy spirit.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up unto the Lord.

Let us give thanks unto the Lord our God.

It is meet and right so to do.

 IT is very meet, right and our bounden duty, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks unto thee, O Lord, holy Father, almighty, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ thine only Son our Lord. And now we give thee thanks because thou didst send him to redeem us from sin and death and to make us inheritors of everlasting life; that when he shall come again in power and great triumph to judge the world, we may with joy behold his appearing, and in confidence may stand before him. Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious name, evermore praising thee and saying:

 

SANCTUS & BENEDICTUS – choir

 

          Holy, holy, holy,                           Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus

Lord God of hosts,                       Dominus Deus Sabaoth.

heaven and earth are full              Pleni sunt cœli et terra

of thy glory.                                  gloria tua.

Glory be to thee, O Lord most high.  Hosanna in excelsis.

 

Blessed is he that cometh in the  Benedictus qui venit

name of the Lord.                         in nomine Domini.

Hosanna in the highest.                Hosanna in excelsis.


Accept our praises, heavenly Father, through thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, and as we follow his example and obey his command, grant that by the power of thy Holy Spirit these gifts of bread and wine may be unto us his body and his blood; who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks to thee, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me. Likewise after supper he took the cup; and when he had given thanks to thee, he gave it to them, saying: Drink ye all of this; for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me. Wherefore, O Lord and heavenly Father, we remember his offering of himself made once for all upon the cross; we proclaim his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; we look for the coming of his kingdom and with this bread and this cup we make the memorial of Christ thy Son our Lord.

 

Great is the mystery of faith.

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

 

Accept through him, our great high priest, this our sacrifice of thanks and praise, and as we eat and drink these holy gifts in the presence of thy divine majesty, renew us by thy Holy Spirit, inspire us with thy love, and unite us in the body of thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be unto thee, O Father almighty, world without end. Amen.

 

Let us pray. As our Saviour Christ hath commanded and taught us, we are bold to say:


OUR Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

 WE break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many we are one bread because we all share in the one bread.

 BEHOLD the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world. Happy are those who are called to his supper.

 

Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof, but speak the word only and my soul shall be healed.

 

All are invited to the communion rail. If you are confirmed, or you are a regular communicant in your own church, you are very welcome to receive communion. If you would like a blessing, please bring this order of service with you.

AGNUS DEI – choir

 AGNUS Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona nobis pacem.


O LAMB of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, grant us thy peace.

 

COMMUNION MOTET

 

ADAM lay ybounden, bounden in a bond; four thousand winter thought he not too long. And all was for an apple, an apple that he took, as clerkes finden written in their book. Ne had the apple taken been, the apple taken been, ne had never our lady a-been heavene queen. Blessed be the time that apple taken was. Therefore we moun singen Deo Gratias!

Words Fifteenth century

Music John Ireland 1879-1962

 

Prayer after Communion

 HEAVENLY Father, who didst send thy Son to redeem the world and wilt send him again to be our judge: give us grace so to imitate him in the humility and purity of his first coming that when he shall come again, we may be found ready to greet him with joyful love and steadfast faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The notices.

THE BLESSING AND DISMISSAL

The Lord be with you

And with thy spirit.

CHRIST the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you, scatter the darkness from before your path, and make you ready to meet him when he comes in glory; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be amongst you and remain with you always. Amen.

 GO in the peace of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

 

FINAL HYMN

 

29 Hills of the North, rejoice

 

 

NOTICES

 10.30 am Litany and Sung Eucharist

4.00 pm The Advent Procession

 

Sunday 12 December – Advent III

10.30 Sung Eucharist and Nativity Play

with Bayleaf the Donkey

 

Thursday 16 December

Carol Singing in the Oldfield Estate

 

Sunday 19 December – Advent IV

4.00 pm Christmas Carol Service

 

Friday 24 December – Christmas Eve

8.00 pm Midnight Mass

 

Saturday 25 December – Christmas Day

10.30 am Sung Eucharist

WEEKLY SERVICES

SUNDAY

8 am Said Eucharist

9.30 am Children’s Eucharist (1st Sunday of the month)

10.30 am Sung Eucharist

6 pm Evensong

 

WEEKDAYS

Tuesday 8.30 am Said Eucharist

Thursday 6.00 pm Said Eucharist

 

 CONTACTS

 

Vicar The Revd Canon William Gulliford

4 Regent’s Park Road

London NW1 7TX

Telephone: 020 7485 6340, 07957 451419

e-mail: william.gulliford@london.anglican.org

 

 

Hon. Assistant Clergy

The Revd Joanna Yates

 

Churchwardens

Mrs Carole MacLeod

Mr Joseph Steadman

 

Director of Music

Mr Michael Bowden

 

Parish Clerk Miss Rosamond Miskin

parishclerkstmarks@gmail.com

 

 WEEKLY SERVICES

SUNDAY

8 am Said Eucharist

9.30 am Children’s Eucharist (1st Sunday of the month)

10.30 am Sung Eucharist

(Sunday School 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month)

6 pm Evensong

 

WEEKDAYS

Tuesday 8.30 am Said Eucharist

Thursday 6.00 pm Said Eucharist

 

NOTICES

Sunday 28 November – Advent Sunday

10.30 am Litany and Sung Eucharist

4.00 pm The Advent Procession

 

Sunday 12 December – Advent III

10.30 Sung Eucharist and Nativity Play

with Bayleaf the Donkey

 

Thursday 16 December

Carol Singing in the Oldfield Estate

 

Sunday 19 December – Advent IV

4.00 pm Christmas Carol Service

 

Friday 24 December – Christmas Eve

8.00 pm Midnight Mass

 

Saturday 25 December – Christmas Day

10.30 am Sung Eucharist

 

CONTACTS

Vicar The Revd Canon William Gulliford

4 Regent’s Park Road

London NW1 7TX

Tel: 020 7485 6340, 07957 451419

e-mail: william.gulliford@london.anglican.org

 

 Hon. Assistant Clergy

The Revd Joanna Yates

 

Churchwardens

Ms Carole McLeod

Mr Joseph Steadman

 

Director of Music

Mr Michael Bowden

 

Parish Clerk Miss Rosamond Miskin parishclerkstmarks@gmail.com

 

CONTACTS

Vicar The Revd Canon William Gulliford

4 Regent’s Park Road

London NW1 7TX

Tel: 020 7485 6340, 07957 451419

e-mail: william.gulliford@london.anglican.org

Hon. Assistant Clergy

The Revd Joanna Yates

 Churchwardens

Ms Carole McLeod

Mr Joseph Steadman

Director of Music

Mr Michael Bowden

Parish Clerk Miss Rosamond Miskin parishclerkstmarks@gmail.com

 

WEEKLY SERVICES

SUNDAY

8 am Said Eucharist

9.30 am Children’s Eucharist (1st Sunday of the month)

10.30 am Sung Eucharist

(Sunday School 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month)

6 pm Evensong

 

WEEKDAYS

Tuesday 8.30 am Said Eucharist

Thursday 6.00 pm Said Eucharist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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